Thought of the Day October 12, 2017 Dealing with trials

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Jesus went through various trials and difficulties during his human journey, culminating in his arrest, trial and death on the cross. After his baptism in the Jordan and the anointing of the Spirit, he experienced the threefold temptations to satisfy himself, to prove himself and to enhance himself. He was rejected by his own family and townspeople. He was discredited and called a drunkard, glutton and the prince of devils. He was ridiculed by the mourners at the house of Jairus and criticized by the friends of Lazarus. Because of his association with public sinners like prostitutes and tax collectors, his reputation was tainted. He was embarrassed by the apostles.

We too go through many trials and difficulties in our lifetime. These range from the daily temptations of life; personal or family setbacks, misfortunes or tragedies; physical and mental illnesses and diseases; struggling with the limitations of human existence and our own personal limitations; suffering at the hands of others through misunderstanding, false perceptions and verbal abuse; rejection by those we considered friends.

What does the Word of God say to us about these aspects of life?

"There is cause for rejoicing here. You may for a time have to suffer the distress of many trials; but this is so that your faith, which is more precious than the passing splendor of fire-tried gold, may by its genuineness lead to praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ appears" (1 Pet 1:6-7). "My brothers, count it pure joy when you are involved in every sort of trial. Realize that when your faith is tested this makes for endurance. Let endurance come to its perfection so that you may be fully mature and lacking in nothing" (Jas 1:2-4). "When a man can suffer injustice and endure hardship through his awareness of God's presence, this is the work of grace in him....If you put up with suffering for doing what is right, this is acceptable in God's eyes. It was for this you were called, since Christ suffered for you in just this way and left you an example, to have you follow in his footsteps" (1 Pet 2: 19-21).

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